Lookup NU author(s): Dr Adam Todd
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© 2017 Elsevier Inc. Polypharmacy and the use of inappropriate medications has become an increasing problem globally. Deprescribing has gained attention as a means to rationalize medication use. Deprescribing interventions have been shown to be generally feasible and safe; in the few studies in which patient preferences are assessed, such interventions also seem to be acceptable to patients. Qualitative studies suggest that patients are interested in reducing medications, may need education about their medications to facilitate deprescribing, and highly value communication with their providers around deprescribing. This article focuses on patient preferences for deprescribing and highlights practical recommendations to overcome barriers to deprescribing.
Author(s): Holmes HM, Todd A
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Print publication date: 01/05/2017
Online publication date: 23/02/2017
Acceptance date: 02/04/2016
ISSN (print): 0749-0690
ISSN (electronic): 1879-8853
Publisher: W.B. Saunders